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Old 06-16-2012, 01:55 AM   #1516
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The OP intended "bought for less than $1500" in this thread and it's morphed into "bought and made safe/rideable for less than $1500"
Agree... there isn't a hard and fast rule beyond using common sense here.

I think some people aren't posting their buys because, really, is that $1450 bike that great of a deal if one has to sink $1000 more into a bike to make it safe or rideable? Is it really a "Cheap Bike Challenge" competitor when it was really a more expensive bike all along that wasn't taken care of? This seems to be about being proud of the deals some guys spend the time to find, or luck-out in finding.

Sure, sure, tires and chains need replaced. Much beyond that, though, is that line where someone buys a titled Harley frame for $1400 (which technically qualifies as a bike even if it can't be ridden yet) and then sinks $8000 into it.

I kinda like the common-sense parameters of this thread. In my head that could be a $1500 deal on a bike with about $350 of normal wear replacement parts thrown back into it.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:44 AM   #1517
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Dakez I want to see some pics of that bike!!
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:56 AM   #1518
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To get back on topic
I bought this for $500, and gave'r some love. Ended up trading a guy for a geo tracker that needed love. I was hesitant on the deal because it needed lots o love. He shook my hand and got the heck out of here before I changed my mind. I put alot of maintenance into the geo and made her look purty and got'r into a nice ride. Now I get people asking me all the time if I will sell it.


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Old 06-16-2012, 05:18 AM   #1519
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Almost ready for reassembly




It is hard to keep the price down when you begin to add accessories.


I have seen this on several vehicles lately. There was a Discovery Channel vehicle in town at the local steak and shake that had the stickers all over it.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:57 AM   #1520
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I have seen this on several vehicles lately. There was a Discovery Channel vehicle in town at the local steak and shake that had the stickers all over it.
I saw my first ever Zombie Vehicle last year. It was a van driving down I-205 in Portland.
I had originally had another more A-symmetrical Black with Red Dragon paint theme in mind but as I tore the bike down and began changing things I thought that more of a "This bike is not to be taken too seriously" Theme was in order. I got online and found some good options.

I had planned to finish up the bike this week but My Mom and Brother are driving over today from Montana. More picture soon.

I am glad to see that $1500 is not the max limit as I quickly surpassed that with de-chroming, Powder Coating and Ceramic Coating...
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:41 PM   #1521
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this should be good!
i love this!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #1522
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I paid 12 or $1300 for this beauty. It was an excellent ride. I enjoyed riding it further out from home base than my DRZ because it was so smooth.


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Old 06-21-2012, 02:05 PM   #1523
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Keep them coming guys (and gals).

I know it doesn't seem that way, but Dakez is actually a guy.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:20 PM   #1524
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I know it doesn't seem that way, but Dakez is actually a guy.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:51 PM   #1525
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I know it doesn't seem that way, but Dakez is actually a guy.
ahahahahah

his name is really simone, I mean, just look at that hair!

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Old 06-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #1526
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Ive been lookin for a bike that I can put some pavement miles on. Been doin some on my XL , but its a lil hard on the butt.
I found a 90 Kawasaki 454LTD with 6800 miles on it, newer tires, new windshield , had a total service done to it before it was parked 2 years ago. Its a clean bike, it does need a battery, but it fired up ok. Might need a lil stuff run thru the gas to clean it out.
I can get it for 800.00,
I'm thinkin about just jumpin on this soon, but if anyone has any input on the 90 454LTD's,,, it would be muchly appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2012, 01:56 PM   #1527
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From memory don't those have a hi and lo and 5 gears each?
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:50 PM   #1528
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From memory don't those have a hi and lo and 5 gears each?
No, that's the CB900C (and the 1000).


The 454 is a good bike, I looked real hard at buying one a while ago. The only thing I've found against 'em is there is a lot of consumable parts hoarding, so getting drive belts and things like that seems to be a crap shoot.

The one I test drove had plenty of power, even for me coming off a v-max. Got good mileage, and really didn't vibrate that bad, Plus, it's got that cool 80s look to it.
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Old 06-24-2012, 05:46 PM   #1529
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Ive been lookin for a bike that I can put some pavement miles on. Been doin some on my XL , but its a lil hard on the butt.
I found a 90 Kawasaki 454LTD with 6800 miles on it, newer tires, new windshield , had a total service done to it before it was parked 2 years ago. Its a clean bike, it does need a battery, but it fired up ok. Might need a lil stuff run thru the gas to clean it out.
I can get it for 800.00,
I'm thinkin about just jumpin on this soon, but if anyone has any input on the 90 454LTD's,,, it would be muchly appreciated.
Well, yes, I have input on it.

The "next generation" of the 454 motor... which is kind of like the 454 hot-rodded out, was the 500cc motors Kawasaki put into the Vulcan 500, Ninja 500 and the KLE500's. It, too, is a great little motor. Plenty of HP, plenty of get-up-and-go, and usually reliable for 100,000 miles if they aren't used in a 500 Ninja track bike.

Vulcan 500's go for cheap, but once owned many riders find that the bikes are perfect. If it were I, I think I'd rather own a belt-driven one with alloy wheels; later years of Vulcan 500's were chain driven and spoked wheels.

The guy to read up on would be BikerBill's posts at the Vulcan forums.

his signature is:
'Biker' Bill
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Threads like http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=20532
and
http://www.vulcanforums.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=21255

I didn't need another cruiser at the time, so I went with the same motor in a Ninja 500. It's nice.

Thing is, for some reason running bikes kind of hold a value there for maybe longer than they should. For about the same money you could find a newer Vulcan 500 (made up to 2008) instead of an older 454, and have the current wealth of info from so many current riders. The six speeds is real nice, too.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:04 PM   #1530
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I was really close to getting to play in this thread when I was about to pick up a tdm with givi's for about 1500 ( never finished negotiations, it needed a bit of work) when I found what I really wanted for a grand over the limit, a clean buell s3t. No regrets though...
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